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Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Holder Mathias replacement for ditched Fosters Cardiff bus station approved

    Robert Wakeham's comment 12 November, 2018 7:35 pm

    14 stands for buses does seem rather meagre for a city the size of Cardiff, but this is roughly in line with the 12 bus stands in the downsized bus station to be (eventually) built in Exeter - whereas in Glasgow the bus station (admittedly serving a larger conurbation) has 56 stances.
    In contrast Plymouth makes do with a new 7 stand long distance coach station, all other buses and coaches being consigned to kerbside stops on a city centre street.
    In both Exeter and Plymouth the bus stations are city council operations that were allowed to deteriorate to the point of no return, with the sites now being redeveloped primarily as leisure centres.

    The AJ has covered a variety of new bus stations over the years, but following the recent saga of Preston bus station there's surely the need for a thorough review of the quality of design of city centre public transport facilities across Britain, as in many places bus and coach users seem to get a poor deal compared with users of rail termini - and that includes in London.

  • Comment on: Zaha Hadid Architects picked to design new Moscow district

    Robert Wakeham's comment 9 November, 2018 1:29 pm

    Could these writhing forms symbolise the people around Putin?

  • Comment on: Housing minister promotes Classicism from the Deep South

    Robert Wakeham's comment 7 November, 2018 8:43 pm

    Difficult to make out, but the statuary atop the Tuscaloosa Courthouse looks mighty like a party of apes contemplating the scene below - couldn't be, could it?

  • Comment on: Work starts on Richard John Andrews’ pet hydrotherapy rehab barn

    Robert Wakeham's comment 7 November, 2018 8:11 pm

    No explanation why steel rather than timber was chosen for the structure, given the small scale of the building - and it appears that it's not just light that will penetrate behind the cladding.
    Hope it's not another Dartington Primary in the making.

  • Comment on: Forget ‘beautiful buildings’ – the government should create a Housing Delivery Authority instead

    Robert Wakeham's comment 6 November, 2018 1:28 pm

    Franz Kafka could 'make it up' - and could maybe have foreseen a situation where ongoing dogma-driven government demolition of local authority finances appears to be risking local democracy becoming virtually derelict in some parts of the country.
    A Housing Delivery Authority might find it increasingly hard to get much useful cooperation from hollowed out local government as austerity rolls on (for them at least), so maybe there'll be District Officers to run things, as in the Empire in colonial times - with a portrait of Roger Scruton hanging on the office wall.

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